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    With my iPhone, lol.
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  • #2
    In my 60+ years of hunting, I've "never" seen a fox in the wild.

    A water plant in Fort Worth sat right off the Trinity river. The control center set off by itself under some big pecan trees. We were always seeing possums, coons and feral cats.
    Midnight I stepped out the back door of the office and tossed my meal scraps out to the animals and a cold chill ran up my spine!
    There was a grey fox belly down in the leaves watching me!
    Last edited by FirstBubba; 05-15-2020, 01:24 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
      In my 60+ years of hunting, I've "never" seen a fox in the wild.

      A water plant in Fort Worth sat right off the Trinity river. The control center set off by itself under some big pecan trees. We were always seeing possums, coons and feral cats.
      Midnight I stepped out the back door of the office and tossed my meal scraps out to the animals and a cold chill ran up my spine!
      There was a grey fox belly down in the leaves watching me!
      A cold chill? Really? My experience has been that coons are a helluva lot nastier than foxes. And often a helluva lot bigger too.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

        A cold chill? Really? My experience has been that coons are a helluva lot nastier than foxes. And often a helluva lot bigger too.
        Stumbling into raccoons* was pretty much SOP on night shift.
        Normally, they would simply move out of your way.
        I had seen raccoons several times tossing out scraps.

        When I stepped out the door that night, not a creature was visible.
        I flipped the scraps off the paper plate when the chill ran up my spine. That's when I finally spotted the fox staring at me. He (she?) was mostly hidden in the fallen pecan leaves. About the time our eyes met, it scrambled off into the dark.

        When I'm turkey (or deer!) hunting, I try NOT to look them in the eye waiting for a shot. I'm not sure they can feel your eyes on them, but I'll never forget the eerie feeling of realizing "something" was watching me.

        ...AND...more than once, I've had game move off inexplicably.
        Could they tell (feel?) they were being watched?
        I dunno, I didn't get to ask them. LOL!

        * - squirrels were our biggest problem. Very little of the plant electrical service was underground. There were like 6 or 8 feeder stations that fed plants on overhead lines.
        The squirrels viewed the overhead lines as their personal highways.
        It wasn't unusual to lose power to some portion of the plant because of squirrels heing/sheing in one of the feeder stations.
        Fried squirrel?

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        • #5
          My younger sisters have been trapping foxes that denned under the floor of one of the barns. They have had a ball catching the pups and then releasing them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
            My younger sisters have been trapping foxes that denned under the floor of one of the barns. They have had a ball catching the pups and then releasing them.
            That's cool!
            It's getting common around here for foxes to den near houses, I know a couple folks who've had them under sheds. My guess is the den's are safer near people than out where coyotes might find them.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

              That's cool!
              It's getting common around here for foxes to den near houses, I know a couple folks who've had them under sheds. My guess is the den's are safer near people than out where coyotes might find them.
              It is.

              I believe that is the case. Most folks just enjoy watching the foxes whereas coyotes would kill then at the first opportunity.

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              • #8
                Nice picture... thanks for posting. These guys are one of my favorites to see; especially when they are trotting over fresh snow with those big, bright, bushy tails. They are an elegant creature to say the least.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                  With my iPhone, lol.
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                  That’s some good poaching.

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                  • #10
                    Before I messed up my shoulder, I used to enjoy playing golf. A couple of courses I used to play there'd be fox dens near a green or a rough. I remember one time playing a scramble with my brother and cousins teeing up on a short par 3, dropping it on the green, and a young fox come out and steal our balls.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Red Angus View Post

                      It is.

                      I believe that is the case. Most folks just enjoy watching the foxes whereas coyotes would kill then at the first opportunity.
                      And the wolves here will kill coyotes or domestic dogs any chance they get. A lot of domestic violence in the dog family. It's a wonder that species was the first humans managed to domesticate.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post
                        Before I messed up my shoulder, I used to enjoy playing golf. A couple of courses I used to play there'd be fox dens near a green or a rough. I remember one time playing a scramble with my brother and cousins teeing up on a short par 3, dropping it on the green, and a young fox come out and steal our balls.
                        Wasn't it painful?

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                        • #13
                          Sheds in this area have dirt floors. Pier and beam structures are vermin lures.
                          Skunks, rats, coons, snakes and possums just to name a few.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

                            And the wolves here will kill coyotes or domestic dogs any chance they get. A lot of domestic violence in the dog family. It's a wonder that species was the first humans managed to domesticate.
                            Dog eat dog world.

                            Actually it could have been some wild k9 that denned near a human's abode to avoid other k9's. Human steals a couple pups but doesn't eat them. The rest is history.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

                              Wasn't it painful?
                              One in every crowd, but we were all thinking it.🤡

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